When you saw it moved from the main Google toolbar, you knew it was inevitable. Google has announced that it is officially powering down Google Reader. But don’t worry, if you’re not aware of them already, you have options, options that actually make the feed consuming/organizing experience much better than Google Reader.


Is RSS Dead? Note Quite

Over the past 24 hours you may have been reading about the demise of Google Reader on Google Reader, so what do you do now? Where do ‘save’ the thousands of websites you’ve tediously organized into convenient pockets of content? What about the RSS trends you were so proud of?

Fortunately, Google Reader isn’t the only way to access the streams of content from your favorite sites. While many are using platforms like Twitter’s Tweetdeck, Hootsuite or even Facebook to organize and digest content, others subscribe via email (psst! get SolidSmack via email here) and still others simply use another feed reader. Some feed readers are even linked with Google Reader. The two below are two that link with Google Reader. They’re also two I use and two that promise a seamless transition when Google Reader is put to rest.


Feedly.com is possibly the best RSS reader experience imaginable. After Google announced the demise of Reader, feedly announced the ability to transition from Reader. As you can tell, they’ve been preparing. I’ve been using feedly as my main RSS reader for years and am absolutely impressed with the development and the experience.



Reeder is the other clear option. Although you’re limited to iPhone, iPad and Mac, you have an app with a lot of development behind it and a lot of share options. This is simply a beautiful app to use on the iPhone and iPad. They’ve also stated via their Twitter feed that “Reeder won’t die with Google Reader.”


So, not to fret. You have options. There are others out there as well, I’m sure. What are you using to move your feeds to?


Josh is founder and editor at SolidSmack.com, founder at Aimsift Inc., and co-founder of EvD Media. He is involved in engineering, design, visualization, the technology making it happen, and the content developed around it. He is a SolidWorks Certified Professional and excels at falling awkwardly.